Jalen Green, USA on a collision course with NU in NBTC Elite Eight
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 20, 2018 09:18 PM
Jalen Green, the top-ranked sophomore in the US, will get his toughest test yet up against long-time powerhouse NU
Nazareth School of National University will have a daunting task ahead of it as it faces FilAm Sports USA in the Elite 8 of the 2018 Exped SM NBTC National Finals on Wednesday at the MOA Arena.
The fifth-ranked Bullpups are coming off an impressive 98-74 win over Adamson High School in their Sweet 16 matchup on Tuesday. Gerry Abadiano tallied 13 points while Cyril Gonzales chipped in with 12 points for the UAAP Juniors runners-up.
NU is now on a collision course with No. 13 Filam Sports USA, the Filipino-American squad which has been dominating their opposition and fresh from delivering a 102-68 beating against the University of Visayas.
Top US high school prospect Jalen Green once again displayed his eye-catching athleticism, wowing the crowd with electrifying dunks and high-flying moves. Green finished with 21 points but teammate Brandon Wilson led the scoring for the Filipino-Americans with 31 points and 10 rebounds.
Jearoland Omandac top-scored for UV with 12 points while Joshua Yerro tallied nine points and eight boards. Fiery point guard Steve Nash Enriquez added five assists for his squad and showed no fear against his taller opponents.
Six other games were slated as the remaining teams went to battle in the quest to entire the Elite Eight.
Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu bested Hope Christian High School, 70-63. Travis Mantua led the way for the Magis Eagles with 20 points.
For Hope, Harvey Pagsanjan struggled with a 5-of-18 shooting clip to end up with only 16 points after scoring 35 points in his previous outing.
With the win by Ateneo de Cebu, they will have the tall task of facing sister school Ateneo de Manila High School.
The UAAP Juniors champions Blue Eaglets had no problem in winning over Australia-based team AusPinoy, 74-55, as SJ Belangel notched 15 points.
NCAA Juniors titlists La Salle Greenhills was also victorious in its matchup against Lyceum of the Philippines, 84-77.
Joshua Marcos spearheaded the Greenies attack with 24 points while going 8-for-13 from the floor.
LSGH will face a familiar foe in the San Beda High School as its next opponent.
The Red Cubs are coming off a 74-72 squeaker over the San Sebastian College-Recoletos as Jade Talampas put up 21 points and eight rebounds.
Mapua High School is intothe Elite 8 as well after getting a 78-70 decision over Durham Crossover Canada.
Dan Arches had 21 points for the Red Robins while Matthew Daves’ 27-point output was not enough for Canada.
Mapua will now turn its attention to Chaing Kai Shek College which pounced on Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 78-72.
Ferdinand Asuncion and Jojo Antiporda combined for 27 points in the win.